Food ministry raises funds with event
The CROSS Ministries of Seymour held a Christmas craft and bake sale with a raffle twist Saturday at a future warehouse on Boyds Creek Highway, with proceeds benefiting the ministry and its projects.
“We just wanted to do something to help out CROSS, so we've put together the craft fair, and we have raffle items that ordinary folks have donated, not any corporations or businesses, and the bake sale,” organizer Judy Collins said.
All proceeds go towards CROSS and its endeavors. The organization, which is operated solely by volunteers, serves as a local food ministry for Seymour.
CROSS puts on other, annual fundraisers throughout the year, including a rummage sale, golf tournament and food drive in May, but this is its first winter fundraiser.
“And we hope it's the first annual,” said Collins, who approached the ministry with the idea for the winter fundraiser.
“She offered to help us,” CROSS president Buddy Greene said. “She came in and said she wanted to do something for CROSS, and she does crafts and she mentioned having a craft fair, and we said it sounded great.”
All items were donated by members of the community, and local crafters set up booths to feature their work. Several people discussed prices, browsed the baked goods selection and entered their tickets for raffle prizes around 9:30 a.m., half an hour after the doors opened. The event ran till 3 p.m.
“So far we've had people coming through steadily,” Collins said.
Raffle tickets were sold for $1, or 12 tickets for $10. Visitors who bought raffle tickets walked around the prize tables, deliberating on which basket they would enter their name.
"At the end of the day we'll pull out the ticket, contact the folks and tell them they won," Collins said. "The way it's looking, I don't think we'll have any baked goods left."
Collins said she hopes to build on the success of this fundraiser, and possibly do similar fundraisers in the spring and summer.
"We do this one because of the holidays. We thought, not only do the people in the community need the food, but as far as the crafters, what they donate is good for Christmas gifts," Collins said. "I want to do other ones in the spring and summer because everyone donates at Christmas, but spring and summertime, people kind of forget that we need to help out."
To donate to CROSS or for more information, visit the ministry's website at www.crossfoodministry.org or call 579-6192.